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  • Cocoa farmers

    Cheap cocoa is costing farmers dear

    15 October 2018 by Darío Soto-Abril, Global CEO, Fairtrade International

    Shock, frustration and anger. Those were my feelings after seeing a Fairtrade study in Côte d’Ivoire showing that only 12% of cocoa households earn a living income. 

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    How much money do you need to live a decent life?

    8 October 2018 by Heather Nicholson

    In the UK, the national minimum wage in 2018 is set to £7.83 per hour. Daily life, however, is much more expensive than a minimum wage can realistically cover.

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    Did the Commonwealth Summit live up to its promise

    4 May 2018 by Helen Dennis

    The much-anticipated Commonwealth Summit (or ‘CHOGM’) recently took place in London and Windsor – the largest gathering of world leaders ever hosted in the UK.

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  • Fairtrade tea picker

    Do not be fooled! Living Wage benchmarks should reflect real cost of living

    1 April 2016 by Barbara Crowther, Director of Policy and Public Affairs for the Fairtrade Foundation

    Today, 1 April 2016, the new Government set minimum wage level for over 25s comes into force, in a rebranding exercise that now calls it a National Living Wage.

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    The need for wage rich prices

    18 December 2014 by Wilbert Flinterman, Senior Advisor on Workers’ Rights and Trade Union Relations at Fairtrade International, and Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at Fairtrade Foundation (UK).

    In 1819, UK MPs were debating a new law to outlaw the employment of very young children as chimney sweeps. Several MPs (apparently after lobbying from the Guild of Master Chimney Sweepers) raised concerns that sweepers would turn to mechanisation. They argued that the law would “deprive many people of employment, and throw a number of young persons on the parishes.”1  Better, said the opponents, to employ a large number of children - in very poor working conditions, than to offer them no work at all.

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  • Fairtrade Hired Labour Standards: steps to meaningful progress

    21 March 2014 by Richard Anstead, Head of Product Management at the Fairtrade Foundation

    New Fairtrade standards for hired labour, published in January, drive real change for workers across the globe. Richard Anstead, Head of Product Management at the Fairtrade Foundation, discusses the journey to unlocking the power of the many.

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